Disney World MagicBands- NEW MagicBand+ Features

MagicBands are waterproof/adjustable wristbands you see guests wearing all over Walt Disney World. These bands allow guests to link all their Disney info directly to this bracelet to keep them hands free while in the parks.

Here is everything to need to know about MagicBands including features and what guests are eligible to use their MagicBand to charge purchases.

Our guide also covers the free service called MagicMobile which guests can use with their phone in place of a MagicBand plus everything you need to know about the new MagicBand+ which includes ways to interact with the park using your MagicBand.

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New MagicBand+ Features Interactive Storytelling

The new MagicBand+ has launched at Walt Disney World! This new edition of the beloved MagicBand creates new interactive experiences around the resort.

Disney Resort hotel guests and Walt Disney World Annual Passholders have the option to purchase MagicBand+ at a discounted, pre-arrival price. All guests can buy MagicBand+ at select stores across Walt Disney World and online at shopDisney, starting at $34.99.

Guests may continue to use their existing MagicBand and Disney MagicMobile. The original MagicBand product is available as well.

MagicBand+ still has all the same features as the MagicBand including park and hotel entry, retail and dining charging options for hotel guests plus can be used with Genie+ and PhotoPass too.

The new MagicBand+ comes alive throughout the park with color changing lights, vibrations, gesture recognition which enhances the environment's storytelling.

Interactive Storytelling MagicBand+

  • Disney Fab 50 Quest- Scavenger hunt throughout the four Walt Disney World theme parks using MagicBand+ to interact with the golden character sculptures. With the Play Disney Parks app, guests can dive deeper into the experience to find hints and keep track of sculptures which will unlock digital achievements, including an augmented reality feature.
  • Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters- Guests can join the Batuu Bounty Hunters’ Guild in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Find numerous virtual bounties hidden throughout Black Spire Outpost and follow the band’s light patterns and haptics to complete missions. Then return to the local guild master, who will reward you with galactic credits. Guests can also use the Play Disney Parks mobile app to help reveal virtual bounty using the app’s built-in augmented reality thermal viewer.
  • Nighttime Spectaculars- Bands light up during nighttime spectaculars, including “Harmonious” at EPCOT and “Disney Enchantment” at Magic Kingdom Park. MagicBand+ will also engage as all four theme park icons transform into Beacons of Magic for Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary.

I imagine that more experiences will continue to be added over time making the MagicBand+ a really cool upgrade for the MagicBand!

Walt Disney World MagicBand OptionsWalt Disney World Magic Band+

MagicBands are colorful, waterproof wristbands that resembles a bracelet or watch. MagicBands contain a NFC chip which contains data that is linked to your Disney account. Think of it in the same way you might use Apple Pay or Google Pay on a smart watch as the technology is similar. These secure devices are a Disney guest’s “all in one” for accessing plans and vacation choices while in the parks and at the resort hotels. Guests will use their bands to easily touch to a sensor which is called a touch point.

There are various options now to utilize this touchpoint system:

  • MagicBand- the original option, waterproof and adjustable wristband which is in sold in a variety of colors and styles.
  • MagicBand+ – has all the features of the original MagicBand but with new technology that allows guests to interact with new areas around the parks. The MagicBand+ also has a rechargeable battery giving it a longer lasting lifespan than regular MagicBands.
  • MagicBand Card- MagicBand cards work just like the bands but resemble a credit card or driver’s license.
  • Magic Mobile– Guests can use Disney's My Experience App to access a digital MagicBand if they prefer to use their phone.

Disney MagicBand Features

One of my favorite things about using a MagicBand is how hands free I can be while in the parks. Here are all the features your MagicBand includes:

  • Waterproof for pools and water rides
  • Customizable and includes exclusive designs for Annual Passholders
  • Unlocks your Disney Resort hotel room door
  • Tap to enter theme parks with valid park admission
  • Check in at Lightning Lane entrances and virtual queues
  • Tap to pay for purchases at the parks or your Disney Resort hotel
  • Links your Disney PhotoPass photos
    • This includes your ride attraction photos which are automatically loaded to your account if you are wearing your MagicBand on the ride!

The waterproof feature was one of my favorite things when we spent a day at Blizzard Beach. I left my wallet and all valuables at the hotel room. Being hands free at the water park all day was great!

The MagicBand+ includes all the above features plus:

  • Unlocks enchanting interactions throughout Walt Disney World Resort
  • Has a rechargeable battery

Only Walt Disney World hotel guests can charge purchases to their MagicBands. Keep in mind when charging purchases to your MagicBand, your card on file with the resort will be charged in $100 increments. So if your charges are at $105 then a $200 pending hold will be put on your card until your hotel bill is finalized.

Link a MagicBand to Your Disney Account

Once a guest has purchased a MagicBand, they can link it to their Disney account. Guests simply need to create or sign into their Disney account and link their bands. You can either do this from the app or by logging into your account on the Walt Disney World website. The number to link your MagicBand is on the back of the band- on the opposite side of the Mickey Mouse symbol.

If you purchase your MagicBand directly through your linked hotel reservation then your MagicBand will be automatically linked for you so you will be all set when it arrives. I always like to double check though, just in case there's no surprise issues!

MagicBands for Genie+Magic Band Guide: Girl scanning her Magic Band at a ride

The best thing about using a MagicBand? You can use them to access your Genie+ reservations throughout the park! All you do is touch your band to the MagicBand censor and you're good to go.

This is especially helpful since you can be hands free and not be held up digging for your parks tickets when accessing your Lightning Lane reservations. This feature also helps cast members create order for guests lining up to experience the most popular attractions.

The more hands free I am in the park, the happier I usually am.

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Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the editor of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and writing Disney culture pieces on DisneyDose.com- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Visit Anaheim, Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

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4 comments add your comment

  1. I want to know how can I get a wrist band that’s customized since I already have a seasonal pass.

  2. guests are not going to be hands free. They will have to carry their phones all day. this genie thing sucks. Magic Bands were perfect. Hands were free. Walk up scan wrist and move on. No phone and trying to figure things out. Genie sucks and now can only pick one ride at a time so have to sit down after every ride, get out phone and figure out what is next. SUCKS. Why couldn’t Chapek leave well enough alone.

  3. I ordered the Tinkerbell PASSHOLDER BAND. It did not come with a charger or the little orange passholder band to keep it from coming unhinged and could fall off. At the same time I ordered a simple white one for my husband. Never received! I ordered another character band and still have not received either order. I will check my bank acct to see if money was deducted. When I placed the orders it came back confirmed. What could have happened. I am reluctant to order another for fear that it may happen for the third time!!!

    • Contact Disney’s customer service! From what I understand, they’ve been refunding guests that did not receive their bands before their park arrival. They will make it right, just give them a call.

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